I’m not smart!

One fine afternoon, my eldest saw this teaser on TV showing a primate looking at a stuff toy. While the smart monkey tries to figure out what the stuff is all about, other monkeys follow suit. The toy caught their interest as well.

My daughter blurted. ‘Monkeys are really smart just like you (referring to her brother sitting next to her on the sofa). The conversation was actually delivered in Tagalog. (Matatalino talaga ang mga unggoy gaya mo. ‘Di ba matalino ka?)

Khalil, who was then intently watching TV, said on a serious tone. “I’m not smart!”

“Yes you are, you have an achiever award!” the big sister said holding a grin.

(“Ay, hindi ako matalino”, ang sabi ni bunso. “Ano ka, achiever ka nga eh!” balik ni Ate.)

That’s how their brief conversation end up. Any violent reaction? It may not be that funny, but it really made me laugh. πŸ˜€

These are my lovable kids. Taken this morning just before Manong service arrives. It’s their first day of school. Had a lot of ‘bilins’ (motherly reminders) narrated to them before they go. From taking care of their stuff (the usual – notebooks, books, pens, etc.), finish their snacks, and most importantly pay attention to what their teacher is telling them. I happen to be a ‘makulit’ mom, so they have to live with that. Better be ‘makulit’ than ‘strict’, I guess. But seriously my kids understand and heed my ‘sermons’ well. And off they go, 45 minutes ahead of their schedule. No rushing whatsoever. Both are smiling as they wave us (me and hubby) goodbye. I’ll be seeing them before lunch time. It’s back to reality for now. Cooking time!

8 thoughts on “I’m not smart!

  1. Yami

    It’s fun but crazy at times…that’s my daughter’s way of appreciating er teasing her younger brother…thanks for the visit. πŸ™‚

  2. Yami

    Sis, they’re so excited that I no longer have to remove their bed sheet just to rouse them from sleep. πŸ˜€ For me it’s a good sign that they show interest in going to school. Hindi sana mawala ang enthusiasm hanggang sa mag- college sila. πŸ™‚

  3. kaka

    i remember my lola who’s also “makulit” in giving me “bilins”. i found it annoying though. but now that im a mom, i think i, too, would like to be makulit rather than strict πŸ™‚

  4. Miriam

    @Dinah sometimes my kids’ ‘kakulitan’ surpassed my tolerable limit that I want to go mad. πŸ˜€

    @Z I’m laughing like crazy when I hear them bantering. πŸ˜€

    @Kaka the ‘bilins’ that we hated before are the ones we are imposing to our own children which means our elders must have done something right in making us ‘kulit’ to obey them. πŸ˜€


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